Knights Knotes — 4/29/14

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 knights knotes
Game 26 of 144
Frontier Field
11:35 a.m.


RHP Deunte Heath (1-0, 1.69) @ ROC LHP Kris Johnson (2-2, 2.86)

THE HEATH IS ON: RHP Deunte Heath (1-0, 1.69) makes his second start of the season today. In his last outing, back on April 23, he replaced LHP Charlie Leesman, who was originally scheduled to start but was promoted to Chicago. Heath allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season and the 11th in his Knights career – which has spanned four seasons (2011-present). In his Knights career, Heath is 11-11 with a 3.08 ERA – the sixth best ERA all-time in Knights franchise history. Heath started just one game last season for the Knights on July 25, 2013 in game two of a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Indians at BB&T Ballpark. Heath allowed one unearned run on two hits over 2.2 innings. His start came after Andre Rienzo’s seven-inning no-hitter in game one. In two games against Rochester in 2013, Heath did not allow a run (3.0 IP). In two games against the ‘Wings in 2012, Heath did not allow a run in six innings pitched (1 GS). In 2011, he allowed five earned runs on four hits over 3.2 innings. In his career vs. Rochester, Heath is 0-0 with a 3.55 ERA (12.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER). 

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: A day after his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning led the Rochester Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Charlotte Knights, Chris Parmelee’s RBI double in the bottom of the third proved to be enough to beat the Knights 1-0 on Monday from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. It was Charlotte’s second-straight one-run loss. Rochester starter Alex Meyer (1-0, 2.70) earned his first career Triple-A victory after tossing six scoreless innings. Meyer, who is ranked as the third-best prospectin Minnesota’s organization by Baseball America, walked three and struck-out 11.

BF3_0193AXE MAN: RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.00) started for Charlotte last night and allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. Axelrod, who struck-out seven batters and walked three, was the hard-luck loser in the 1-0 defeat. In two road starts this season, Axelrod is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched. In his Knights career, Axelrod owns the lowest ERA in Knights franchise history. Overall, in 215.1 innings pitched, Axelrod is 14-9 with a 2.76 ERA.

‘LOS IS MORE: Infielder Carlos Sanchez had one of Charlotte’s three hits in last night’s game and now has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games dating back to 4/19. In those 10 games, Sanchez is hitting .429 (15-for-35) with 10 runs scored and one RBI. Sanchez has a hit in 17 of his 24 games this season and is hitting .292 on the year (26-for-89). His 26 hits are a team-high this season, as are his 12 runs scored. Sanchez entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the 12th best prospect in Chicago’s organization.

SEVEN UP: Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez extended his hit streak to seven-straight games yesterday – finishing the game 1-for-4 at the plate. Over his last seven games, Hernandez is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with four runs scored, two doubles, one RBI, and a stolen base. Seven of his 14 hits this season have come in the first inning and he owns a .583 batting average in the first inning this season with Charlotte (7-for-12). Hernandez hit .231 (3-for-13) in four games with Triple-A Omaha before he was traded to the Knights on April 10.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Knights will have their first off-day of the season tomorrow and will head to Buffalo to open a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday. Currently, the Bisons are 12-10 on the season and sit 1.0 game behind Pawtucket for the top spot in the International League North Division. Buffalo and Rochester are tied for second place. Charlotte’s road trip concludes on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. game. The Knights will then return home on Monday, as they open an eight-game homestand (four vs. Lehigh Valley and four vs. Buffalo).

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